Success of an organization in today's complex environment is determined by three factors:

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

This aspect is tightly connected to cost effectiveness. A modern approach is typically based on Lean principles. It concentrates on

  • Focus on value - the first priority is pursuing a global optimum
  • Organize a continuous flow - deliver in small batches and in short cycles
  • Optimize, reduce waste and strive for perfection

Discover, disrupt, deliver

Agile methods provide a rich set of practices to shorten the feedback cycle. Scrum provides a proven framework for teams to achieve consistent, effective delivery and to develop as a team by stabilizing the development process through the Sprint cadence. Kanban tries to achieve similar effects through focusing on visualization and the work-in-progress (WIP) limit.

Business agility may comprise other practices to shorten the feedback cycle, like Design Thinking or Lean Startup techniques.

Amplify Learning

Both aspects need a continuous effort on learning and a systemic view. This must be supported by a culture of trust and needs appropriate leadership.

Agile Evolution

The sweet spot is in the combination of these aspects. An organization needs

  • A systemic view of the Whole, the combination of the three success factors.
  • A view of change as a continuous process. Changes do not come in distinct phases, they occur constantly, overlap and influence each other.
  • A transparent and aligned idea of „better“, i.e. a direction of changes. In a complex world, this involves a vision, experiments, empowered people, incremental and disruptive improvements.